Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Llandrindod Wells, Powys. The Ithon river comes down its narrow valley from the highlands South of Newtown, and the Aran runs from Radnor Forest. Just above their junction and the outfall of the Wye from Rhayader, Llandrindod, the Church of the Trinity, was built on a green hill in the Middle Ages. In 1696 the neighbourhood became well known for the virtues of its springs, and the farms about it were much frequented by those who were advised to try the waters. But in 1749 a Mr Grosvenor from Shropshire considered that something more might be done with the thirty wells and their varied salts and sulphurs. It was then that the fashion of Bath was introduced, and a pump-house set up with accommodation for hundreds of guests in its ballrooms, dining-salons, and gaming-places.
Apart from spa-treatment, of which every sort is available, Llandrindod is a busy excursionist centre. Llanbadarn-Fawr of Radnor; the Forest and Abbeycwmhir Nantmel. associated with the legend of Gwyn ap Nudd, lord of the underworld; and the Elan Valley lakes and Rhayader can be all reached by road. Those with an interest in history can find just above Llanyre a well-preserved Roman fort called Castell Collen (Place of Hazels), and to the South shortly before the inn that stands above Crossway, what is probably another fort, the Caer Du (Black Fort). Castell Collen seems to have been the place from which Llangollen sprang, and the standing stones that marked the old pathways over the hills towards the Clywedog and the Ithon can be traced at Llanfihangel Brynpabuan, Llanafan-Fawr, to the East around Betws Diserth and to the West in considerable numbers from Caban Coch lake to the hills that look down at Llanwrthwl.
Nearby towns: Builth Wells, Kington, Knighton, Llandovery, Llanidloes, Newtown, Presteigne
Nearby villages: Abbey-Cwmhir, Bettws Disserth, Builth Road, Cregrina, Dolau, Garth, Glascwm, Hundred House, Llanafan-Fawr, Llanddewi Ystradenny, Llandegley, Llanfaredd, Llanfihangel Rhydithon, Llangammarch Wells, Llanwrthwl, Llanyre, Nantmel, Newbridge on Wye, Penybont, Rhayader, Saint Harmon
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation